Yesterday former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam were convicted on eight criminal counts in the corruption case federal prosecutors brought against them.
Governor Cuomo released the following statement after the convictions:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement that the “convictions of former Speaker Silver and former Majority Leader Skelos should be a wake-up call for the Legislature, and it must stop standing in the way of needed reforms.”
“The justice system worked today,” Mr. Cuomo continued. “However, more must be done and will be pursued as part of my legislative agenda.”
The NY Times story noted that despite Cuomo's words, he hasn't worked all that hard for "reforms":
Indeed, just yesterday, Cuomo did this:
Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos voted for the FOIL bills. No, this isn't the start of a joke.— Robert Harding (@RobertHarding) December 12, 2015
Albany is a cesspool of corruption, Silver and Skelos certainly added their own dross to it.
But that third man in the room, the one who shut down the Moreland Commission in return for a budget deal with Silver and Skelos and nearly saved them both from criminal prosecution, remains in power and continues to make the cesspool of corruption grow by the hour.
He's going to make reforms part of his "legislative agenda"?
Sure he is.
Just like he's going to make Albany a model of transparency by using untraceable Blackberry PIN messages and private email accounts to conduct the public's business.
US Attorney Preet Bharara sent out his second ever tweet yesterday after his first one ("Stay tuned...") went out on Thursday as Cuomo was making a big development program announcement:
How many prosecutions will it take before Albany gives the people of New York the honest government they deserve? @SDNYnews— US Attorney Bharara (@PreetBharara) December 11, 2015
Clearly at least one more.
We'll see if we get it.